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By Ebony Joy Wilkins

Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545109284, 267pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2010


NaTasha has a wonderful life in affluent Park Adams. She fits in, she has friends, and she's a member of the all-white ballet troupe. Being nearly the only African American in her school doesn't bother NaTasha. But it bothers Tilly, NaTasha's spitfire grandmother from Harlem, who decides NaTasha needs to get back to her roots or her granddaughter is in danger of losing herself completely. Tilly whisks NaTasha away to a world where all of a sudden nothing in NaTasha's life makes any sense: Harlem and Comfort Zone in the Bronx, a crisis center where (cont'd)

Tilly volunteers her time to help troubled girls get on the right track. Girls who are completely unlike anyone NaTasha has ever encountered. These girls are rough, beautiful, streetwise, sure of themselves, and wield their secrets like knives--and they dislike NaTasha and her world of privilege with a passion.

If there is ever a time when NaTasha feels like running away from something, now is it. But she doesn't. She stands her ground. And what she discovers surprises everyone, especially NaTasha.

About the Author
Ebony Joy Wilkins was called worse names in high school than "sellout," but the word did inspire her first novel for young adults. Ebony lives in Chicago, Illinois. Visit her online at

Praise For Sellout

Praise for Sellout

The message of staying true to oneself shines through.”School Library Journal

Successfully presents a character open to the change she experiences.”Kirkus Reviews

Debut author Wilkins explores the building of confidence, morals, and survival skills.”Publishers Weekly